School's in at Universiade

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Dog days of summer?

Not for a number of area athletes scattering themselves across the country -- and the globe -- over the next few weeks.

Beyond the Canada Games team, here's a further sampling of that group:

- Seven athletes with local connections are off to the 2005 Summer Universiade, which begins Wednesday in Izmir, Turkey. They include University of Ottawa students Marc-Andre LeBlanc of Shediac, N.B., fencing; Krista Power of Nepean and Stacey Warren of Ottawa, both women's soccer, and Ottawa's Eve-Marie Pilon, taekwondo; Sultana Frizell of Perth, University of Georgia, athletics; Ottawa's Radomir Samardzic, Algonquin College, taekwondo, Jilliane Goulet of Arnprior, Dalhousie University, women's volleyball;

- Ottawa's Richard Adu-Bobie is part of Canada's 4x100-metre contingent at the world athletics championships, which run through next Sunday in Helsinki;

- The Rideau Canoe Club has prime representation at the world canoe/kayak championships, which run Aug. 25-28 in Zagreb, Croatia. The group includes Ian Mortimer (canoe) and kayakers Victoria Tuttle, Kristin Gauthier and Angus Mortimer.

EUROPEAN WALTZ: Gloucester Skating Club ice dancers Allie Hann-McCurdy and Michael Coreno have been anxiously awaiting word about Junior Grand Prix assignments. It arrived this week -- the junior silver medallists at the 2005 Canadian championships in London will open their fall season Sept. 1-4 at Slovakia Skate in Bratislava. The promising Barrie-based team figures to be among the favourites for junior dance gold at the 2006 nationals at the Civic Centre. They reached the Junior GP final last year ... Minto Skating Club ice dancers Siobhan Karam and Josh McGrath now have an earlier start to the first seasons as seniors. They'll skate in the Nebelhorn Trophy, Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Oberstdorf, Germany, along with Ottawa's Bradley Yaeger and partner Mylene Girard.

AROUND THE AMATEUR SCENE: Five Nepean Kanata Barracudas have been offered athletic scholarships to U.S. schools. Rachel Sory and Richard Shi have received full scholarships to the University of Buffalo, while three others are headed south on their own: Shannon McQueen, Utah; Katrina McLoughlin, New Mexico, and Tara Baxter, Oakland (Michigan).

rob.brodie@ott.sunpub.com


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